Kabir and the print sphere: Negotiating identity
For Hindi speakers Kabir (ca. 1398-1519) is a seminal figure in the early history of Hindi literature. The contemporary image of Kabir is as a champion of an earthy spirituality which transcended all religious boundaries and a scathing critic of all established religions. In this paper I examine how prior to the 19th century multiple identities for Kabir were transmitted through oral and manuscript based traditions at networks of local sites. I then show how in the 19th century regional...[Show more]
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